NOAA Weather Satellite Orbits:
NOAA uses data from its satellites, along with those of its partners, to generate your weather forecast each day and to expand the understanding of our dynamic planet. To do this, NOAA operates three types of satellite systems—those that orbit around Earth (polar-orbiting), those that stay focused on one region of Earth (geostationary) and a deep space satellite, located one million miles from Earth. This animation shows the location of these orbits and NOAA's role in the global observing system. Credit: NOAA Satellite and Information Service
GOES-R: Sharper Eyes for Better Forecasts:
Soon, the GOES-R weather satellite will work faster, see more clearly and more often than current weather satellites. It will help weather forecasters determine how bad the storms will be and who will have to get out of the way – sooner, safer and with more certainty. Credit: Lockheed Martin
GOES-R: A Weather Superhero with Lightning Vision:
The GOES-R satellite has a new instrument called the Geostationary Lightning Mapper that can take hundreds of images every second of all types of lightning. Think of it as a weather superhero with 'lightning vision.' When it sees an increase of lightning flashes, it can help weather forecasters predict a severe storm or tornado, and give us more warning to go to a safe place. Credit: Lockheed Martin
From weather and hazards on Earth to search and rescue and bursts of energy from the sun, the GOES-R satellite will see it all from 22,000 miles above our planet! Watch this fun animation that tells the story of GOES-R. A downloadable poster is also available. Credit: SciJinks
Getting GOES-R to Orbit:
How will the GOES-R satellite get from its current home in Colorado to Kennedy Space Center for launch in October 2016? Watch this fun video to learn more about GOES-R’s upcoming travels from construction to orbit! A downloadable posteris also available. Credit: SciJinks
Preparing for GOES-R at NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed:
NOAA satellite experts and weather forecasters worked together at the Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) in Norman, Oklahoma, to prepare to use data from the GOES-R satellite to improve short-range hazardous weather forecasts and warning decision-making. This video highlights the work done from May 4 to June 12, 2015 (during the height of severe weather season). NOAA invited National Weather Service forecasters and paired them with TV broadcast meteorologists to evaluate the new science, technology and products that will be available from the GOES-R satellite once it is launched in 2016. Credit: NASA Goddard Media Studio
Ocean Today Highlights How NOAA Environmental Satellites Monitor the Earth:
NOAA’s geostationary and polar-orbiting environmental satellites provide data from space to monitor the earth, analyze coastal waters, relay life-saving emergency beacons, as well as predict and track tropical storms and hurricanes. Learn about the many aspects of Earth’s environmental observers and the data they provide. Credit: NOAA National Ocean Service
So You Want To Build a Weather Satellite:
What exactly goes into building a new weather satellite? This new animated video explains how GOES-R was developed and how new science and technology on the GOES-R series satellites will provide significant advancements in the observation of severe weather. Credit: NASA Goddard Multimedia
Coming…in an orbit 22,000 miles from you…a weather satellite like never before…GOES-R! The GOES-R series satellites will provide continuous weather monitoring. They will add to and improve the capabilities of the current operational GOES satellites. The GOES-R series will add crucial features to weather forecasting technology that will increase tornado warning time and detect lightning like never before. The future of weather forecasting is coming. This video is a one-minute trailer highlighting the most important capabilities of the satellites.
Watchful Eyes: The Role of Geostationary Weather Satellites: "Watchful Eyes" chronicles the advent of NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system and its value to forecasters, emergency management officials, and the public. GOES-R, NOAA's newest geostationary satellite represents the critical continuity of observation forecasters need to protect the communities they serve from severe weather. Credit: Lockheed Martin
2012 Tornado Season:
Tornado season began rather early in 2012. The GOES satellites send valuable data to help meteorologists stay a step ahead of severe storms. This video shows satellite imagery from the March 2-3, 2012 tornado outbreak that damaged severely Henryville, Indiana. The next-generation GOES-R Series satellites will increase critical warning time and save lives!
GOES-R Post-Launch Activities: What happens once the GOES-R satellite is launched? This video from Lockheed Martin explains the process, from launch vehicle separation to solar array and antenna deployment to orbit raising maneuvers, transition to storage orbit and finally GOES-R normal operations.
Tornadoes with Tim Samaras:
Severe storm researcher and engineer Tim Samaras talks about his view on tornadoes, the importance of satellite imagery to his research, and the future of forecasting and warning with GOES-R.
The Evolution of GOES Tim Schmit, a research scientist with the NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research, discusses the evolution of Geostationary Environmental Operational Satellites (GOES) from a simple camera in space to its future in GOES-R, a complex suite of sensors for monitoring severe weather and forecasting weather conditions.
Satellite Research and Aviation Hazards
Steve Ackerman, Director of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses using geostationary satellites to identify aviation hazards. The next-generation geostationary environmental satellite, GOES-R will provide advanced temporal, spectral, and spatial resolution, resulting in improved forecasts to reduce aviation hazards.
NOAA Satellite Operations
NOAA's satellites provide the bulk of the information for generating weather models, advisories, and warnings to the nation and world. Maintaining the operations and data acquisition from these satellites is a 24/7 process. This video was filmed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland where command, control, and data distribution systems are located.
GOES-R Mission Overview Video
Learn how GOES-R can improve environmental monitoring, storm tracking, climate analysis, and ecosystem management to protect life, property, and resources.